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  1. #91
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    I have throught about enclosing the I-beam with some expanded metal or something, for holding small objects, but other than installing the slip clutch (and shortening the PTO shaft to suit) I think i am about done putting work and money into this machine for the moment until I see if it is going to hold-up under a load.


    Once the clutch and shaft are done, I need to load the thing onto my trailer and see how it is going to pull, as I am bumping up against the limits of both my trailer and truck. I have already weighed the empty trailer on a truck scale, and will weigh the loaded trailer and the loaded truck/trailer combo.

  2. #92
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    Received the slip clutch on Monday
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    I assume the "over-hanging" load will not be an issue with the gearbox bearings
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    That's a nasty-looking chunk of steel to have spinning @ 9 rotations per second. Perhaps a guard could be cut out
    of a 5 gallon bucket
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    The slip clutch adds about (5) inches to the driveline, so the shaft will need to be cut down (5) inches for that, and it
    wouldn't hurt to cut a few more inches out of it, as it is almost too long as is.




    EDITED TO ADD:

    Checking out slip clutch adjusting:

    http://www.tractorbynet.com/forums/a...ng-kutter.html

    http://www.tractorbynet.com/forums/j...djustment.html
    Last edited by Capricious; 08-05-2014 at 05:40 PM.

  3. #93
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    No work on the tractor last night (Tuesday). Had to go vote, but as i got home before the wife did, I took the bathroom scale out to
    weigh the kubota model 342, 42" rotary cutter.

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    385 lbs, with PTO shaft, slip clutch & limit chains. The shaft will need to be shortened about 5 inches to allow for the clutch in the driveline, and as the shaft was a bit long to begin with, I will probably shorten it about 8 inches or so. Since one side of the shaft is a solid square steel bar, that will reduce the weight by a few pounds.
    Last edited by Capricious; 08-06-2014 at 08:32 AM.

  4. #94
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    Ran into an issue with the PTO shaft when i went to shorten it to allow for the addition of a slip clutch:

    http://www.tractorbynet.com/forums/a...ml#post3859537

    Hope to resolve that issue this week.

    In the mean time, actually tried to use the tractor for something useful on Saturday. The wife and i do volunteer work for
    a charity, and they have a couple acres out back that they would like to put a walking path on, either gravel or mulch. In order to contain the fill I suggested trying to grade a shallow trench with a vertical outer edge on each side of the path,
    and crowned in the center. An issue is being able to run mowers over the path, especially since I have been the one doing
    the mowing.

    Used the repaired angle blade, tilted and angled, and cut a "test" path in a secluded area of the property:

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    First grading I have ever done.

    Found out that the 4 wheel drive does, indeed, work. Had one front wheel spinning and both front wheels spinning at different times when i went too deep with the blade. Found out the diff. lock does not work, but in playing with it afterwards I think the problem is the pedal out of adjustment.

    Tractor seemed to run OK, but it was only about 30 minutes of work so not a real long test.
    Last edited by Capricious; 08-11-2014 at 09:01 AM.

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    Little beast will be earning its keep for you doing projects you didn't know you had.
    I like to play in the dirt....
    Satoh Beaver w/Blackhawk loader & hoe.
    JD855 w/stuff.

  6. #96
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    Loaded up the tractor & rotary cutter and headed for the truck scales

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    According to the scale, the loaded trailer weighs 2780 lbs.

    I had already weighed the empty trailer- 1020 lbs including a 3 ft gate, which I have removed, and excluding spare tire, which I have added. Does not include the ramps I made, which were in the truck.




    8 chains, 8 load binders and one winch cable. Load is secured. The cutter does hang off the back a couple feet.

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    Mama's bathroom scale sez about 250 lbs tongue weight (Mama wasn't home). Could maybe use a little more tongue weight, but the hitch says 300 lbs max, unless a weight distributing hitch is used. No indications of any fish-tailing on the highway.

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    Have a safe trip. Looks good to me.

  8. #98
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    It'll be at least another week before I hit the road for the first real test of this thing in the field.
    But I wanted to make sure I wasn't overloading my trailer, or my tow vehicle, and i was able to wrangle free use
    of a truck scale for a few minutes, so I made good use of it.



    I ordered a new PTO shaft (story here :http://www.tractorbynet.com/forums/a...pto-shaft.html )


    The shaft just showed up 5 minutes ago, but i had it delivered to work, and since the weather is nice today I rode the bicycle to work, so I sitting here wondering if I can get this shaft home on the bike, or just wait until Monday, when it is supposed to rain and I will probably drive to work.

    Agri supply had a good price on it; about 90 bucks (plus shipping). I think I was able to find exactly the same shaft elsewhere on the net for over twice the money.

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    Nice on the shaft. I've looked for one to put on my old Woods mower to make selling easier and it hasn't exactly been successful.
    I like to play in the dirt....
    Satoh Beaver w/Blackhawk loader & hoe.
    JD855 w/stuff.

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    That's a really good looking load! Threads about "how to secure my ______ " always seem to bring out vast amounts of criticism, but that load is well secured, carefully managed, and attentively driven, by the sounds of things. Well done! I really like that you have secured the machine so well. Extra time securing things down is nothing compared to the time spent cleaning up a mess! I have found that a motorcycle tiedown can do well to ensure chain overrun or a bit of slackness is kept taut, but it doesn't look like you have any need of that. Again, bravo!

    I have really enjoyed reading your writeups about everything, and the excellent pictures. I love bringing back abused and neglected compact tractors into service, and I expect this one will serve you well now.

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